How to Start Speaking in a Foreign Language in No Time

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Expressing yourself using words is a beautiful thing. Being able to do it using foreign languages is an extraordinary achievement. Some people find it more difficult to start communicating in a language other than their mother tongue to express themselves.

This post is for those who have some basic knowledge of a foreign language but are still struggling to overcome the fear of speaking!

I mean let’s face it, it can be overwhelming. After observing plenty of such cases as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages, I have come up with some strategies to get past your fears and speak in the target language freely.

The feeling of being judged, fear of making mistakes, or sounding funny are legitimate points, however, they are preventing you from living up to your true potential.

The first thing you should do is to start working on changing your mindset. Obviously not believing in your ability to speak is not going to help at all, right? So, what should I do, you may ask?

Consider the tips below!

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How to learn the irregular verbs in English: 4 easy ways

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Some of my students have been struggling with learning irregular verbs for a while now. And as you already imagined I wanted to make their life easier.

So, I right away came up with ways on how to make their learning experience trouble-free.

I simply cannot have negative feelings towards anything English related in my classroom.

Before I go into detail, let’s see what a verb is…

Meaning of the word "verb"
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A verb in English can be regular or irregular. All verbs have five forms, the infinitive, simple present, past simple, past participle, and present participle.

The difference between both is the formation of the past simple and past participle. According to the grammar rules, we know that in the past simple we add “ed” as a suffix at the end of the regular verb.

The irregular verbs have their unique formation that you have to learn by heart if you want to use them correctly. Please, don’t stress out.

I know how sensitive the subject of learning all those verbs by heart can get but hey 70% of the verbs used daily in the English language are irregular. According to pasttences.com, there are 638 irregular verbs in total.

But do not panic only about 200 are used more frequently and if you exclude the prefix forms such as “stand” and “understand “then you are left with about 100  – 120. I think this number is more manageable, wouldn’t you agree?

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Grouping: The Most Effective Learning of the Irregular Verbs

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In this post, I would like to present you with a technique called grouping. This will help you group irregular verbs into categories. Firstly, I imagine you have accepted the fact that you need to learn them and you ask yourself. What do you do?

Simple, use practical ways to store them in your long term memory. This way any time you need to use some, you can recall them easily. One such technique is to group irregular verbs with similar patterns.

Time and time again students have referred to those verbs as “monsters”. In my ten years of experience as a Teacher of English, none of my students were fond of them.

You know me, my goal above all, is to always make my students’ life easier, therefore, I come up with a few tricks and tips on how to speed up their process of learning with the hopes of convincing my students to not view them in a negative light.

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